“Since EGP made its entry into the Australian renewable sector, we have already made great strides to expand our footprint in this competitive market. Cohuna’s zero-emission energy will be produced using highly efficient bifacial panels, which will maximise our support to the State of Victoria in the pursuit of its renewable energy targets”
Cohuna is set to enter into commercial operation by the end of 2019 and is expected to generate up to 77 GWh each year, avoiding the annual emission of around 71,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The new solar project, which will be composed of around 87,000 bifacial modules, will be connected to the local distribution grid through the Cohuna Zone Substation.
This project is backed by a 15-year support agreement with the State of Victoria for the generation of energy and green certificates. The agreement was awarded to Enel Green Power Australia through a renewable energy reverse auction launched by Victoria in November 2017 for 650 MW of renewable capacity, of which 100 MW was earmarked for solar. The tender is part of Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target (“VRET”) to source 25% of its electricity production from renewables by 2020 and 40% by 2025.
Enel Green Power Australia, in joint venture with Dutch Infrastructure Fund (“DIF”) owns the 275 MW2 Bungala Solar PV Project, which is located near Port Augusta, South Australia, and is the largest solar facility currently producing energy in the country.